The purpose of this section is to introduce the basic components used in assembling buzzbaits. Buzzbaits are used primarily when fishing for largemouth bass and pike. Buzzbaits are easy to assemble and inexpensive to make. Landing a fish on a buzzbait you made yourself is especially rewarding. Good Fishing!
Round bend pliers have special jaws that make smooth round loops. Select the plier model by the size of wire you want to bend. You will also need some heavy wire cutting pliers to cut the stainless steel shaft
This information is offered as a starting point. Feel free to experiment with different styles and sizes of buzz blades, beads, head styles and skirts.
As head weight increases, larger buzz blades can be used on your bait. Due to the wire frame of a buzzbait, you cannot use a larger blade than is recommended. It will not fit in the frame. You can use a blade one size smaller, but only if you want to use a very fast retrieve speed. If you don't retrieve quickly, the blade won't offer enough lift to keep your bait on the surface.
While ball bearing swivels can be expensive, they are the best performing swivels and come with split rings attached. Roller swivels are an inexpensive alternative and perform well. They require the addition of a split ring to attach the spinner blade.
Metal beads and rivet bearings are used to space the buzz blade away from the end of the wire shaft. They act as bearings for the buzz blades and help it spin freely.